Elliott Turner blogs about soccer at Futfanatico.com.
Why do you hate Pepe? Looking beyond particulars such as that Messi hand stamp (and subsequent disingenuous apology that would make Lance Armstrong look sincere), the reasons you hate Pepe can be easily classified. However, here's the odd part: the reasons you hate Pepe are also the reasons you should (and deep down do) love him.
Lance Armstrong and John Terry were both found not guilty by criminal courts, only to receive opposite verdicts from ruling bodies for their respective sports. Are sports tribunals better at investigations than police and prosecutors? Or is the idea of a sports justice system flawed at its core?
A hypothetical: You enjoy baseball. You enjoy watching baseball. However, you are not a Yankees fan. Imagine that the Yankees make a run to the World Series, thereby vexing you. You can change channels and watch something else. If you're mean-spirited, you can watch and pray the Yankees lose. That's not much fun, though. But the Internet has a solution to the problem of being alone and miserable! It's called Twitter.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho must deal with elected presidents and shifting political allegiances. The guy (or gal) who hired them will probably not be the one to fire them. And Real Madrid and Barcelona have especially bitter recent political histories.